[ARENA] ELO'17 - Call for Papers

Rui Torres rtorres ufp.edu.pt
Segunda-Feira, 29 de Agosto de 2016 - 14:00:49 WEST

ELO’17 - Electronic Literature > Affiliations, Communities, Translations

Hosted by UFP - University Fernando Pessoa, Porto, Portugal, July 19 - 22,


Call For Papers & Works

The ELO (Electronic Literature Organization) is pleased to announce its
2017 Conference and Festival, to be held from July 19-22. The Conference is
hosted by University Fernando Pessoa, Porto, and the Festival and Exhibits
will be held in the center of the historic city of Porto, Portugal.

Titled «Electronic Literature: Affiliations, Communities, Translations», the
Conference and Festival welcome dialogues and untold histories of
electronic literature, providing a space for discussion about what
exchanges, negotiations, and movements we can track in the field of
electronic literature. These three threads will weave through the
conference, structuring dialogue, debate, performances, presentations, and
exhibits. The threads are meant as provocations, enabling constraints, and
aim at forming a diagram of electronic literature today and expanding
awareness of the history and diversity of the field.

The goal of this International Conference is to contribute to displacing
and re-situating accepted views and histories of electronic literature, in
order to construct a larger and more expansive field, to map discontinuous
textual relations across histories and forms, and to create productive and
poetic apparatuses from unexpected combinations. Each of the three strands
- Affiliations, Communities, Translations - is described in detail below.
Participants can apply to the Conference and Festival by locating their
work within a strand. In all cases, we are open to experimental proposals
that integrate theory and practice, and proposals that challenge
presentation formats.


Electronic literature is trans-temporal. It has an untold history.

Conference: to be held at University Fernando Pessoa, July 19-22. We
welcome submissions of Papers, Lightning talks, Posters, Panels,
Roundtables, and Workshops for peer-review evaluation, disclosing multiple
diachronic and genealogical perspectives on electronic literature,
providing room for comparative studies, and exploring untold archeologies
and commerces between electronic literature and other expressive and
material practices. Topics include, but are not limited to: intermedia and
ergodicity in Baroque poetry, futurism and dada; concretism, videopoetry
and Fluxus; early experiments in generative and combinatory literature;
videoart and soundart; and how these expressive forms are recreated and
transcoded in digital forms of literature.

Festival: to be held at Culturgest, July 19. Proposals for performances,
installations and screenings will be evaluated by the Artistic Committee.
Evaluation criteria will include the works’ mapping of the aesthetic and
material antecedents of electronic literature, and attention to
remixing/re-coding of previous materials from the avant-gardes.

Exhibit: July 18-22, curated by Álvaro Seiça and Daniela Côrtes Maduro.


Electronic literature is global. It creates a forum where subjects in the
global network act out and struggle over their location and situation.

Conference: to be held at University Fernando Pessoa, July 19-22. We
welcome submissions of Papers, Lightning talks, Posters, Panels,
Roundtables, and Workshops for peer-review evaluation that expand our
understanding of electronic literature communities and how literature is
accounted for within diverse communities of practice. Papers may include
case studies of individual communities as well as broader engagement with
how communities form and develop, and how they interact with and create
affinities with other communities. Topics for comparative case studies
include but are not limited to artists’ books, Augmented and Virtual
Reality; Perl poetry; Sound-video practitioners; ASCII art and Net.Art;
Hacktivism/Activism; Memes and Fan Fiction cultures; kids’ e-lit;
Minecraft, Twine, Bots and Indie Gaming; and how these practices are
connected to electronic literature.

Festival: to be held at Mosteiro de São Bento da Vitória, July 20.
Proposals for performances, installations and screenings will be evaluated
by peers. Evaluation criteria will include the work’s engagement with the
diversity of practices in electronic literature and affiliated communities,
as well as their critical awareness of network aesthetics.

Exhibit: July 18-22, curated by Bruno Ministro and Sandra Guerreiro Dias.


Electronic literature is an exchange between language and code. It contains
many voices.

Conference: to be held at University Fernando Pessoa, July 19-22. We
welcome submissions of Papers, Lightning talks, Posters, Panels,
Roundtables, and Workshops for peer-review evaluation that understand
electronic literature as translation in the broadest possible sense. Beyond
interlinguistic translation, we will accept papers on emulations,
virtualizations, re-readings, and interpretations. We particularly welcome
papers that address the limits and specifics of the programmability of
natural languages as a means of literary expression. Topics include but are
not limited to plagiotropy; linguistic, intermedial and intersemiotic
translation; code and text translation; generative literature; emulations
of historic electronic literature; re-readings and interpretations of
previous works; and how these activities expand our understanding of
literature and textuality.

Festival: to be held at Mosteiro de São Bento da Vitória, July 21.
Proposals for performances, installations and screenings will be evaluated
by peers. Evaluation criteria will include the works’ linguistic
reflexivity and their engagement with translation, broadly understood,
i.e., as a transcoding mechanism involving exchange in and across media,
languages and cultures.

Exhibit: July 18-22, curated by Ana Marques da Silva and Diogo Marques.

Submission Guidelines

Acceptance policy


   For the Conference (peer-reviewed):

      Paper (10 to 15 mins - a presentation of a single paper by one or
      more authors - 500 word abstract).

      Lightning talk (5 mins - a short paper for a focused presentation -
      250 word abstract).

      Poster (for poster sessions - submit 1-page poster).

      Panel (45 mins - a proposal for a complete panel including separate
      papers on the same general topic - 250 word overview plus 500 word
      individual abstracts).

      Roundtable (45 mins - a group presentation of a specific topic
      emphasizing discussion and audience interaction - 500 word abstract).

      Workshop (Action sessions, focused on hands-on group work on a given
      project or topic - 500 word abstract).

   For the Festival (peer-reviewed):

      Performance (10 to 15 mins - readings, actions, interventions - 250
      word abstract; provide links to images, videos, etc.)

      Installation (provide description of installation, as well as
      technical needs)

      Screening (provide link to video)


   Submissions open: August 15th, 2016.

   Abstracts Due: December 5th, 2016. Review will follow a double-blind
   process, using easychair (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=elo2017).
   The CFP and review process will take into consideration the differences
   between Paper, Lightning Talk, Poster, Panel, Roundtable, Workshop,
   Performance, Installation, Screening.

   Acceptances sent out: January 15th, 2017.

   Proposers must attend the conference. Authors can submit as many
   proposals as they want, but a maximum of two will be accepted for
   presentation. Submissions should be done using easychair:

   Registration: Early registration will close March 31st, 2017. There will
   be a registration fee for the Conference, which includes ELO Membership,
   invitations to all sessions of the Conference, Festival, and Exhibits, as
   well as access to the Banquet. Lunch and coffee-breaks will be served.

ELO 2017 will provide basic technological needs such as Internet,
projectors, power cords, sound systems, and cables. Specific and/or
specialized equipment needs should be provided by artists. ELO is not
responsible for shipping costs. Proposals for all creative activities must
be submitted via the conference website.

Abstracts, papers, lightning talks, posters, and audiovisual documentation
of the Festival and Exhibits will be published. A selection of papers will
be published in Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures (ISSN 1555-9351).


Organizing Committee


   Rui Torres, Chair (Univ. Fernando Pessoa, Porto)

   Sandy Baldwin, Co-Chair (Rochester Inst. Technology, USA)

   Manuel Portela, Scientific Committee Chair (Univ. Coimbra, Portugal)

   Leonardo Flores, Artistic Committee Chair (Univ. Puerto Rico, Mayagüez)

   Dene Grigar, Exhibits Chair (Washington State Univ. Vancouver, USA)

   Nadine Trigo, Local Chair (Univ. Fernando Pessoa, Porto)

Scientific Committee


   Manuel Portela, Chair (Univ. Coimbra, Portugal)

   Alckmar Luiz dos Santos (Federal Univ. Santa Catarina, Brazil)

   Alexandra Saemmer (Univ. Paris 8, France)

   Claudia Kozak (Univ. Buenos Aires, Argentina)

   Daniela Côrtes Maduro (Bremen, Germany)

   Davin Heckman (Winona State Univ., USA)

   Domingo Sánchez-Mesa Martínez (Univ. Granada, Spain)

   Helen Burgess (North Carolina State University)

   Jill Walker Rettberg (Univ. Bergen, Norway)

   Johannah Rodgers (New York City College of Technology)

   Joseph Tabbi (Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, USA)

   Joellyn Rock (University of Minnesota Duluth)

   Jörgen Schäffer (Univ. Siegen, Germany)

   Lisa Swanstrom (Florida Atlantic University)

   Maria Engberg (Malmö University, Sweden)

   María Goicoechea (Univ. Complutense Madrid, Spain)

   Nick Montfort (Massachusetts Inst. Technology, USA)

   Patsy Baudoin (Digital Humanities, Media and Film Studies, and Women’s &
   Gender Studies Librarian at MIT)

   Pedro Reis (Univ. Fernando Pessoa, Portugal)

   Piotr Marecki (Jagiellonian Univ. Kraków, Poland)

   Raine Koskimaa (Univ. Jyvaskyla, Finland)

   Rogério Barbosa da Silva (CEFET Minas Gerais, Brazil)

   Sandy Baldwin (Rochester Inst. Technology, USA)

   Scott Rettberg (Univ. Bergen, Norway)

Artistic Committee


   Leonardo Flores, Chair (Univ. Puerto Rico, Mayagüez)

   Alex Saum-Pascual (University of California, Berkeley, USA)

   Anastasia Salter (University of Central Florida, USA)

   André Rangel (Univ. Porto, Portugal)

   Carolina Gainza (Universidad Diego Portales, Chile)

   Chris Funkhouser (New Jersey Inst. Technology, USA)

   Daniel Howe (City University's School of Creative Media, Hong Kong)

   Friedrich W. Block (Brückner-Kühner-Foundation; Kunsttempel Gallery,

   Giovanna de Rosario (b. Italy; Univ. Barcelona, Spain)

   Jason Nelson (b. USA; Griffith Univ., Australia)

   Jerome Fletcher (Falmouth Univ., UK)

   JR Carpenter (b. Canada; UK)

   Judd Morrissey (Art Institute of Chicago, USA)

   Kathi Inman Berens (Portland State University, USA)

   Laura Borràs Castanyer (Univ. Barcelona, Spain)

   Maria Mencia (Kingston University, UK)

   Mariusz Pisarsky (Techsty, Poland)

   Mark Sample (Davidson College, USA)

   Monika Gorska Olesinska (University of Opole, Poland)

   Philippe Bootz (Univ. Paris 8, France)

   Reham Hosny (Minia University, Egypt)

   Rui Torres (Univ. Fernando Pessoa, Porto)

   Scott Weintraub (University of New Hampshire, USA)

   Serge Bouchardon (Sorbonne University, Université de technologie de
   Compiègne, France)

   Stephanie Boluk (UC Davis, USA)

Curated Exhibitions


   Dene Grigar, Chair (Washington State Univ. Vancouver, USA)

   Affiliations - Curated by Álvaro Seiça and Daniela Côrtes Maduro

   Communities - Curated by Bruno Ministro and Sandra Guerreiro Dias

   Translations - Curated by Ana Marques da Silva and Diogo Marques

For more information, contact Rui Torres, ELO’17 Chair, rtorres [at]

More info @ http://conference.eliterature.org
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